Vocabulary and Introduction

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SWBAT define and practice with vocabulary that will help them as they learn about waves.

Big Idea

To be ready for a new unit of study, vocabulary is a great place to introduce the new topic while preparing them for the learning to come.

What We Know

5 minutes

To begin this lesson, students will share what they know about waves. Without giving anything away, the discussion centers on what they know currently. As they share, students can add to each others thoughts, develop their own further, or share something different that they know. Prompting and allowing them to talk motivates them to try to understand what they will be learning next. 

Vocabulary We Need to Know

20 minutes

Students are ready to learn the vocabulary that will be used during the upcoming lessons. To start they take out their science journal. They will be using this to record their new words and will add to their learning as we learn in lessons to come. 

My student teacher found a foldable within a unit on waves to help her in her planning of the unit. By adding the words to their journal in this way in makes the note taking process fun. Any format for adding the words to their journal will do. Each word is read and a definition given. Once this has occurred, students will get the chance to provide an example or discuss any connections they might have made. 

Science Journal Checks

5 minutes

Students do not all take notes at the same rate. When giving the definitions, I write them onto the white board. Students can then take their time and add the notes to their own style. It gives them ownership to the new learning. While they add their words and definitions, the monitoring and walking around the room to help students stay on track is very beneficial. I can then help those that need it and offer further information to students with special needs.